SNP slams ‘waste’ of taxpayers’ money

Councillor Stuart Currie, SNP candidate for the Musselburgh East and Carberry ward
Councillor Stuart Currie, SNP candidate for the Musselburgh East and Carberry ward

The SNP has claimed that nearly £470,000 of taxpayers’ money, spent on a council housing project in Dunbar, has been “wasted.”

The party’s group leader on the East Lothian Council, Stuart Currie, slammed the Labour/Conservative administration for abandoning the plan for 20 new flats and four houses on the Empire and former Hughes Garage sites - known as Abbeylands - behind the High Street. He said the council’s end of year accounts confirmed a £469,000 loss.

“It is frankly shameful,” he said, “that £469,000 of taxpayers’ money has been wasted at a time when Labour/Tory cuts are hitting some of the most vulnerable in our county.”

Michael Veitch, Conservative, depute council leader, commented: “This decision was made on the basis of evidence presented by our officers and I’m confident it was right thing to do.

“It would have been folly to throw good money after bad.”